According to Norwegian legends the kraken was a giant squid-like monster, said to be a mile-and-a-half in circumference. It had a nasty reputation for pulling masts out of ships with its tentacles. It was also charged with creating giant whirlpools, drawing ships and sailors to their doom. Kracken is also a German colloquialism for “broken-down horses” (26), but the Norwegian interpretation seems more fitting for this particular character. Feldt is the German word for “field.” The baroness’s name therefore could be taken to mean from (or of) a field or realm of old nags –– quite a charming moniker. We are left to wonder if the baroness was in any way related to the Duchess of Crackentorp, the mother in The Daughter of the Regiment.

The Baroness von Krakenfeldt